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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
340 PM CDT THU MAR 13 2014

...DROUGHT EXPANDS ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL NEBRASKA...


.LOCAL AREAS AFFECTED...

AS OF MARCH 13TH...ACCORDING TO THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...SEVERE TO
EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS WERE FOUND ROUGHLY SOUTH OF A LINE FROM
ERICSON...TO JUST NORTH OF THEDFORD...TO ANTIOCH. NORTH OF THIS
LINE...ABNORMALLY DRY TO MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXISTED. OVER
SOUTHWESTERN LINCOLN...EASTERN PERKINS...EASTERN CHASE...HAYES AND
WESTERN FRONTIER COUNTIES...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS EXISTED.

.CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SUMMARY OF RECENT MONTHLY RAINFALL CONDITIONS FROM SELECTED STATIONS
ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE SUMMARY INCLUDES THE
PREVIOUS 12 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...MARCH 2013  TO FEBRUARY
2014...THE PREVIOUS 6 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...SEPTEMBER 2013 TO
FEBRUARY 2014...THE PREVIOUS 3 MONTH PRECIPITATION TOTALS...DECEMBER
2013 TO FEBRUARY 2014...AND THE PRECIPITATION TOTALS SO FAR IN
MARCH...THROUGH MARCH 12.

              12 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES       6 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       MAR-FEB  NORMAL   DEP   |  SEP-FEB  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE    21.54   20.23  +1.31   |    8.46    4.85   +3.61
VALENTINE       23.06   20.02  +3.04   |    6.65    4.65   +2.00
BROKEN BOW *    25.01   23.62  +1.39   |    6.49    6.55   -0.06
IMPERIAL   *    13.54   19.14  -5.60   |    4.46    4.48   -0.02

               3 MONTH PRECIP/INCHES     THRU FEB 18 PRECIP/INCHES

LOCATION       DEC-FEB  NORMAL   DEP   |   MAR 12  NORMAL    DEP
NORTH PLATTE     1.21    1.25  -0.04   |    0.06    0.34   -0.28
VALENTINE        1.37    1.11  +0.26   |    0.31    0.33   -0.02
BROKEN BOW *     0.46    1.51  -1.05   |    0.04    0.30   -0.26
IMPERIAL   *     0.93    1.08  -0.15   |    0.02    0.33   -0.31

PRIMARY LOCATION OF PRECIPITATION DATA IS FROM THE AUTOMATED
SENSORS AT THE AIRPORT.
*  PRECIPITATION DATA INCLUDES A COMBINATION OF AUTOMATED SENSORS
   AND COOPERATIVE DATA.

AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR THE LAST 3 MONTHS SAW A RANGE FROM ABOVE
NORMAL TO WELL BELOW NORMAL.

                           AVERAGE TEMPERATURE/DEGREE F

LOCATION      DEC  NORMAL  DEP | JAN  NORMAL  DEP | FEB  NORMAL  DEP
NORTH PLATTE  23.8  25.4  -1.6 | 26.2  25.0  +1.2 | 20.3  29.0  -8.7
VALENTINE     18.5  23.8  -5.3 | 25.8  23.6  +2.2 | 19.2  27.2  -8.0
BROKEN BOW    23.1  25.5  -2.4 | 24.7  25.5  -0.8 | 20.7  28.0  -7.3
IMPERIAL      27.3  28.4  -1.1 | 29.5  28.3  +1.2 | 21.8  31.5  -9.7


.FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

WITH SOIL TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR...NO
GREENUP HAS OCCURRED AS OF THE THIRD WEEK OF MARCH. FIRE MANAGEMENT
CONTINUES TO REPORT THAT AREA 1 HOUR FUELS ARE CURED AND ABLE TO
BURN QUICKLY. HIGHER SUN ANGLES AND WARMER TEMPERATURES OVER THE
PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS HAVE DRIED OUT 1 HOUR FUELS FURTHER TO THE
POINT WHERE THE POTENTIAL FOR RAPID FIRE GROWTH HAS INCREASED
SIGNIFICANTLY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MARCH.

BOTTOM LINE...UNTIL GREENUP CAN COMMENCE ACROSS WESTERN AND NORTH
CENTRAL NEBRASKA...EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH WILL REMAIN A STRONG THREAT
DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF DRY FUELS...GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE NORTH PLATTE NWS FIRE WEATHER
WEB SITE PROVIDED BELOW...OR CONTACT THE NORTH PLATTE FIRE WEATHER
FOCAL POINT /SHAWN JACOBS/ DIRECTLY.

HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/LBF/FORECASTS/FIREWX/FIREWX.PHP

.PRECIPITATION AND TEMPERATURE OUTLOOKS...

THE LATEST 6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MARCH 19TH THROUGH MARCH
23RD CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ACROSS ALL OF WESTERN AND NORTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA. THE
LATEST 8 TO 14 DAY OUTLOOK COVERING MARCH 21ST THROUGH MARCH 27TH
CALLS FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ROUGHLY WEST OF A LINE FROM ONEILL TO OGALLALA. EAST OF THIS
LINE...NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST.

.QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION
PLEASE CONTACT:

CHRIS BUTTLER
CLIMATE SERVICES FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
CHRISTOPHER.BUTTLER@NOAA.GOV


.RELATED WEB SITES...

LOCAL WEATHER...CLIMATE AND WATER INFORMATION
HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/LBF

ADDITIONAL RIVER AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION
USGS - HTTP://WATER.USGS.GOV
CNPPID - HTTP://CNPPID.COM/LAKE_LEVELS.HTM

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV


.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE
USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE DROUGHT
MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE
EXTENSION SERVICES...USGS...AND THE CENTRAL NEBRASKA PUBLIC POWER
AND IRRIGATION DISTRICT.


.NEXT ISSUANCE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE ROUTINELY ISSUED ON THE THIRD THURSDAY OF
THE MONTH UNLESS DROUGHT CONDITIONS RELAX OR INTENSIFY. THE NEXT
ROUTINE ISSUANCE WILL BE MARCH 20 2014...BUT MAY BE SOONER IF
CONDITIONS CHANGE.

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